Duration: 60 min (No additional time for transferring answers!)
Each question is worth 1 mark.
Checks different types of reading:
- reading for gist,
- reading for main ideas,
- reading for detail,
- understanding logical argument and recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
Styles of texts
Part 1 – Narrative / descriptive passage
Part 2– Descriptive / discursive passage
Part 3– Argumentative / discursive passage
General: 5 texts (newspaper articles, stories, instructions etc.)
Academic: 3 texts (scientific articles, academic texts)
1) Don’t spend too much reading the passages!
Learn skimming and scanning
Skimming – looking only for the general or main ideas, and works best with non-fiction material.
Scanning – looking only for a specific fact or piece of information without reading everything.
2) Don’t spend too much time on an answer! Spend no more than 1 minute answering each question.
3)Be familiar with paraphrasing.
4)Read the instructions carefully- !!! (e.g. you may use any letter of a paragraph MORE THAN ONCE!!! )
5)Check the key words.
6)Look for synonyms.
7) Recommended time for completing each passage: 1 passage ~17 min, 2 passage ~ 20 min, 3 passage ~ 23 min (academic!).
8) Mind that questions don’t necessarily appear in the order in which the answers appear in the passage.
- multiple choice,
- short answer,
- identifying information,
- identifying the writer’s views/claims,
- matching information,
- matching headings,
- matching features,
- matching sentence endings,
- sentence completion,
- summary completion,
- note completion,
- table completion,
- flow-chart completion,
- diagram label completion and short-answer questions.
1) Read the whole passage, then tackle the questions (for fast readers).
2) Start with questions, check the key words/ideas, then scan the passage for this.
3) Read and summarize each paragraph (the topic sentence, the main idea, the key words), then read the question that matches the paragraph.